Disc herniation occurs when the central portion of the spinal disc (nucleus pulposus) collapses inward to the spinal canal (the space between in the inner and outer portion) and presses against the nerves. A herniated disc is often referred to as a ruptured disc or a slipped disc and herniated lumbar discs would occur on one of the five lowest vertebrae in the spine.A weakened or torn outer area of the disc (annulus fibrosis) can result in a herniated disc when the inner gel-like portion protrudes outward. There are several other causes of herniated discs when discs are without obvious symptoms bothering you (asymptomatic).A herniated lumbar disc can cause lower back pain, back spasms and even pain in the legs and feet. Sometimes, when the low back pain improves, the lower extremity pain can get worse. The most common symptom of a herniated lumbar disc is a pain that travels from the lower back and extends through the butt and legs.The most common cause is degenerative changes due to aging. Many smokers suffer from herniated discs, in addition to truck drivers, jack hammer construction workers and others that perform repetitive and vibratory activities. In our San Diego law firm of dedicated paralysis lawyers, we have seen many cases where clients suffered herniated discs, which caused tremendous amounts of pain and suffering, as well as high medical bills from surgery.
How Do You Treat Herniated Lumbar Discs?
The conservative treatment for a herniated lumbar disc is rest, physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medication and pain-killers. If after four to six weeks an injured person does not improve or the symptoms get worse, surgery may be required to treat a herniated lumbar disc. The goal of surgery is to remove the portion of the disc that is compressing the nerve root.The success rate of lumbar disc surgery is reported to be greater than 90% in relieve the lower extremity pain. Most people injured with a herniated lumbar disc return to normal activities within six weeks. If you suffered a herniated lumbar disc in an auto accident that you didnt cause and have a spinal cord injury, then maybe you should think about hiring an experienced paralysis lawyer.
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Since 1992, the spinal cord injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Michael Pines, APC have been assisting injured persons just like you recover the maximum financial compensation for their spinal cord injuries. We know the legal process can at times be very confusing. Do not worry over the complexities of the law by yourself because our experience will help guide you through the process.You should not have to feel alone when battling insurance companies or even recovering what you lost from a spinal cord injury, as well as any other secondary condition. Thats what were here forto help you recover the maximum personal injury settlement with the least amount of stress.If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident and suffered a herniated lumbar disc, we urge you to contact our bilingual offices as soon as possible following the accident at 1-858-551-2090 or please click here for a FREE consultation with an experienced spinal cord injury lawyer.